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Make a Change in the New Year with Classes at Goodwill

New Year’s resolutions are always a challenge to keep, but Goodwill and AB Tech are here to help, by providing classes that could change your life.

“Are your children giving you a hard time because you can’t work a computer? Are you wishing that you had the skills to change jobs? Would you like to start a whole new career? Then we can help,” said Stephanie Rerych, employment specialist for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina.

Beginning in January, Goodwill and AB Tech will offer a variety of classes in Asheville.

“For example, we’re offering two different computer classes: Computer Basics, which will help you learn how to master the key board and functions, and Computer Basics II, to help you learn how to apply for jobs online, and to use email and search engines. Both classes are free of charge,” Rerych said.

In addition, Goodwill and AB Tech are offering classes to meet the growing demands of the hospitality industry in Buncombe County and surrounding areas.

“One of our courses is titled ‘Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively’, and the other is ‘Certified Hospitality Supervisor Prep.’ Both are vital to gaining employment in many of the hospitality-related jobs,” said Rerych.

To register, contact Stephanie Rerych at srerych@goodwillnwnc.org or call 828 298 9023 ext. 1106. For questions, contact Kim Stowe for more information kstowe@goodwillnwnc.org or 828 298 9023 ext. 1106. Find a complete schedule of classes offered at all of Goodwill’s locations at www.goodwillclasses.org.


Computer Basics I
This course provides employability skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework and the content of the instructional materials will focus on computer use skills as it relates to: developing basic keyboarding, word-processing, and internet awareness, learning technology based job search strategies, applying for employment online, and accessing governmental and educational resources and service
Cost: Free
Location: Goodwill Career Center 1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
Mondays & Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 6; 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan. 10-March 6; 12:30-3:30 p.m.


Computer Basics II
Building on your basic computer skills, you will continue to improve your computer knowledge through the creation of more specific career related documents and forms. You will become more competent at emailing and improve your skills in navigating the Internet and using search engines to search for jobs and occupational information. Come and learn more about targeting your resume for specific jobs and how to keep your resume in the interview stack.
Cost: Free
Location: Goodwill Career Center 1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, Jan. 9-27; 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Mondays & Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 6; 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 2; 8:30-11:30 a.m.


Certified Hospitality Supervisor Prep
This course is designed to build the skills and competencies required to be a successful supervisor in the hospitality industry. The curriculum has been developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, the industry’s highest acknowledgment of professionalism for supervisors. The course will be taught in a series of nine learning modules including topics such as handling conflict, improving employee performance, staffing and scheduling. Perfect for individuals and employees interested in preparing for the Certified Hospitality Supervisor exam (CHS). The exam is not part of the course, but the option to sit for the exam will be offered at the end. Additional exam fees will apply. Textbooks are required and can be purchased at Goodwill for $109.95 on the first day of class. Kimberly Stowe, Instructor. Click here to learn more about the CHS.
Wednesdays & Fridays, Jan. 18-27; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.


Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively (“C.A.R.E.”)
As an alcohol server, you have special challenges and responsibilities above and beyond those of any other hospitality professional. Responsible alcohol service is an obligation to society, patrons and your establishment. The American Hotel & Lodging Institute’s CARE program will address topics such as ways to discourage over-consumption, tactful methods for verifying identification, intervention techniques to prevent problems and the ways alcohol works on the body. Course includes an exam, which requires 80% passing grade to earn a nationally recognized certificate in alcohol service. Perfect for restaurant and event servers, brewery/pub servers and lodging specific alcohol service. Working lunch. Breaks will be provided. One-day class.
Fee: $39
Wednesday, Feb. 1 – 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14 – 9 a.m.-1 p.m.